International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has said that “so-called killer games” will stop esports becoming an Olympic sport.
For those of you who had hopes and dreams of becoming an Olympic gold medal winner in esports have quickly had them dashed this morning as Bach’s comments pretty much solidify that video games and esports won’t be coming to the Olympics any time soon.
“We cannot have in the Olympic programme a game which is promoting violence or discrimination,” Bach told the Associated Press. “So-called killer games. They, from our point of view, are contradictory to the Olympic values and cannot therefore be accepted.”
Interestingly the interview was conducted during the recent Asian Games, an event where esports were featured for the first time. Though it wasn’t a competition, more of a demonstration sport.
Looking at the statement, it’s fairly an old-fashioned yet often-used argument that violent video games make for violent people. Not to mention the fact that the Olympics has events for Fencing, Boxing, Martial Arts, and all manner of other contact sports.
Though of course, he had a rebuttal to justify this: “Of course every combat sport has its origins in a real fight among people. But sport is the civilised expression about this. If you have egames [esports] where it’s about killing somebody, this cannot be brought into line with our Olympic values.”
Esports becoming a part of the Olympic Games has been a big talking point for a while now with both organizations and companies behind the games themselves being involved in talks to make it happen.
Esports themselves have come along leaps and bounds within the past couple of years, while it was an often overlooked “sport” it has since become something pretty big with companies and organizations from across the globe putting their all into esports on both team and event levels.
Hopefully, soon enough the noise will be too loud for official sports organizations such as the International Olympic Committee to ignore.